China Mobile launches second round TD-SCDMA bid

17 Sep 2008

China Mobile has kicked off the second round of bidding invitation for TD-SCDMA wireless network equipment, writes Marbridge Consulting citing industry sources. The Chinese cellco is seeking to buy as many as 23,000 wireless base stations to expand its networks to 28 cities including Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Dalian, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Nanchang, Jinan, Wuhan, Changsha, Nanning, Kunming, Chongqing and Chengdu sources said citing Wang Jianzhou, Chairman of the Board and CEO with China Mobile.

Reports say China Mobile is likely to spend as much as RMB30 billion (USD4.39 billion) on the second phase of expansion. The cellco is scheduled to issue the bidding document today. Huawei Technologies and Nokia Siemens Networks, which participated in China Mobile’s previous bidding through their joint venture, are reportedly bidding for the contract.